Wednesday: Art After Hours Celebrates Fin-de-Siècle Paris

February 25, 2013

Art After Hours Highlights Fin-de-Siècle Paris

on March 6 at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – The artistic energy of turn-of-the-century Paris comes alive at Art After Hours on Wednesday, March 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The evening features a curator-led tour of the new exhibition “Henri-Gabriel Ibels,” a sketching demonstration and workshop, and a dance performance in fin-de-siècle Paris tradition. There also is a tasting of local fruit jams. In addition, members of the Zimmerli Student Advisory Board (ZSAB) are available throughout the evening to answer questions about becoming involved with this student-run organization that contributes to Art After Hours programming. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID).

Art After Hours is the eclectic evening series held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Zimmerli. The March program begins with a 5:30 p.m. tour of “Henri-Gabriel Ibels,” led by Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator of European Art, who organized the selection from the Zimmerli’s permanent collection. This new exhibition features 25 works by French artist Henri-Gabriel Ibels (1867-1936), who chronicled the circus culture that flourished in Paris during the late 19th century. Like many of his contemporaries, he was inspired by the performers and their feats when creating his expressive and vibrant works on paper. A prominent printmaker, illustrator, and poster designer, Ibels captured not only the spectacle of live performances, but also the personalities behind them.  

Meagan Woods & Company returns to the Zimmerli to present “Vieux Paris-Paris Nouveau” (“Old Paris-New Paris”), beginning at 7 p.m. This original choreographed work captures the preoccupations of Paris circa 1900:  a time of growth and industrialization toward the future, as well as nostalgia and heartbreak over the city’s past. The group surveys the abundance of dance and movement theater forms, ranging from mime to can-can, and from the billowing fabric of Loie Fuller to the improvised forms of Isadora Duncan. Woods, a Mason Gross graduate, has been commissioned for her choreography by organizations throughout the region. Her company performs a wide range of original, high-caliber modern dance pieces, with recent appearances at such venues as NJPAC, Grounds for Sculpture, George Street Playhouse, and Crossroads Theater.

Visitors are invited to drop in on the workshop “Anyone Can Draw,” from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., led by artist and teacher Diane Lufrano. Seeking to dissolve such common myths as “I can’t even draw a straight line,” she guides individuals in opening their minds to their artistic potential. Lufrano teaches key drawing terms and simple sketching techniques, with demonstrations of shading and blending, as well as creating shadows, highlights, and reflected light. By learning to see what an object looks like – rather than what it is perceived to be – participants train their eyes, hands, and brain to work together, developing their creativity and becoming confident in their abilities. An art teacher for more than 20 years, Lufrano also is an instructor for the Zimmerli’s Drawing Club and Summer Art Camp.

The Museum Store hosts a jam tasting from 7 to 8 p.m. and features 20% off all purchases. Sherri Moore of Dolly Draper Jams returns to the Zimmerli with new flavors of her popular condiments, homemade from handpicked New Jersey fruits. Complimentary light refreshments also are available throughout the evening.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website:


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